To make sure that his beautiful 1836 Mississippi mansion didn’t turn out too much like Grandma’s – all teddy bears and rocking chairs – film director Tate Taylor called on the help of New York City designer Shawn Henderson. The renovation lasted three years and added 11 bathrooms (among many other improvements).
The home of developer Keith Rubenstein and his wife, Inga, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has just hit the market at $84.5 million, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Renowned for their “over-the-top parties,” according to Architectural Digest, they even installed a ventilated smoking room for their European friends.
Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian may use the same decorator, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, to help furnish their lavish homes, but their interior styles couldn’t be more opposite.
Mansion sales prices show no signs of slowing in rich enclaves such as the Hamptons, Beverly Hills and Aspen, suggesting that the global market panic has yet to spread to top trophy homes.
It sold for $18.1 million cash, a price that you might not immediately associate with "deal" — but consider that it's 650-plus acres in California's wine country.
There’s a certain kind of a mansion that’s popular in Texas: They’re ornately-detailed, extravagantly-appointed and classically-styled. Not only is it all those things, but it goes a step further: This house bears a striking resemblance the White House. Located in Preston Hollow, a ritzy suburb of Dallas, Texas, this $15 million mansion shares most of its exteriors with the White House. Both the “Dallas White House” and the real White House feature a Federal-style triangular north portico, complete with four columns across and eight columns total, as well as the same number of windows, placed in the same way.
A classic mansion built for a refrigerator magnate Elmer Ellsworth McCray in the 1920s – and still possessing its eight-door built-in refrigerator, plus many other vintage details – has blown away the competition for the Wall Street Journal’s House of the Year.
Picture this: It’s the Roaring ’20s. An industrialist from Baltimore, MD, is looking for the perfect spot for his new home base, and he has some very specific requirements. Because although his business in the steel industry is legit, he also has a secret — he’s running guns and selling illegal liquor on the side.
When you step into the soaring entry hall illuminated by light from colorful leaded glass windows and an ornate Moorish chandelier, you can almost imagine the laughter bubbling up from the speakeasy downstairs, or the intimate whispers of lovers stealing a few furtive moments in the coat check room. This place obviously hasn’t been the scene of a sparkling Hollywood party in a very long time. Designed in the early 1920s by one of the most esteemed and in-demand architects of the day, Paul Williams, one of its earliest residents was music magnate and Los Angeles philanthropist Benjamin Platt, who owned it in its early days, when its Los Feliz neighborhood was one of Los Angeles’ swankiest — especially the lovely, shaded street of Vermont, which today leads to the famous Greek Theatre and the Griffith Observatory.
Not many homes have a background as sordid as the Ohio mansion that Mike Tyson owned in the 1990s, long neglected. The new owners intend to turn the property into a church.
Bruce Makowsky saw an untapped market at the luxury extreme. The gargantumansion that he built in Beverly Hills reportedly triggered a bidding war lost by Beyonce and Jay-Z.
The tale of David and Jackie Siegel’s “Versailles” in Florida, America’s biggest home (though incomplete), was one of Yahoo Real Estate’s most popular of 2015.
Why do these homes carry the heftiest of price tags? Coveted locales, private stretches of cerulean waters, bountiful grounds, and custom details just scratch the surface. From dreamy seaside villas to grand hilltop manors, these premium properties cater to the most extraordinary dreams.
It originally appeared in May 2015 under the headline “Abandoned behemoth with 46 bedrooms – or ‘more like 70’ – is for sale in Texas (where else?)” It drew millions of readers and tens of millions of page views, nearly twice as many as the runner-up … which, now that we think about it, was also about an abandoned behemoth, albeit a glorious French chateau. The Texas property is finally pending sale as of this writing, according to numerous real estate websites. Forget Jackie Siegel and her biggest-home-in-the-nation Florida “Versailles” with its piddling 30 bedrooms or so, which was once on the market for $75 million unfinished. This Texas structure is being marketed as a 60,175-square-foot “shell” of a single-family home on about 15 acres, with 46 bedrooms and 26 bathrooms — “more than enough room for the entire family inside and outside!” the listing says — for $3.5 million. Those room counts are only estimates, by the way.
Forget lumpy futons and tiny kitchens. For these members of Young Hollywood, homeownership means snagging prime real estate, palatial party pads, and expansive estates. Here’s a bevy of stars under 30 whose Los Angeles real estate will make you drool with envy.
This Utah home is a $19.5 million mansion dressed up as a barn. The 20,000-square-foot home, located 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City, sits in the state’s largest private grove of sequoia trees, the house looks out over a pond and has views of snow-capped mountains.
If a barn and a mansion had a child, it would be this property. “The Barn” is a 20,000-square-foot mansion on 20 acres of farmland about 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City. The owner “could have built anything he wanted, but he wanted to create a home that had a sense of belonging to the area, so he bought farmland and built a barn-like structure in the farmland,” Sotheby’s International Realty agent Kerry Oman tells Yahoo Real Estate.
The day before the terrorist attacks on Paris last month, local British officials near Shakespeare’s birthplace approved a Church of England plan to dedicate this 18th-century mansion — a former Christian retreat called Offa House — to welcoming and hosting Syrian refugees. The conversion of Offa House received final approval a few days later. “We are undeterred,” Graeme Pringle, communications director for the church’s regional Diocese of Coventry, told Yahoo Real Estate.
Prices for luxury homes posted their first drop since 2012, suggesting the top of the market may be getting too rich even for the rich. According to the Redfin real estate company, prices for luxury homes — defined as the top 5 percent of each of the 600-plus U.S. markets it measures — fell an average 2.2 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period last year. According to Redfin, the average list price of $1 million-plus homes on the market surged 5 percent to $2.5 million in the third quarter as compared to the same quarter last year.
We’ve already written about the 100,000-square-foot gargantumansion that Niles Niami is building in Los Angeles’ Bel Air, which he plans to plunk on the market for half a billion dollars. It even seems to dwarf downtown Los Angeles in the background. While the video does a good job of helping us understand exactly how big the mansion is, it’s still pretty difficult to believe that any home is worth $500 milion, no matter how many pools it has (four). You can read more about the mansion, and a few other nine-figure spec palaces being built in Los Angeles, here.
Singer and actress Selena Gomez is already moving out of the stalker-plagued mansion she bought last year in Calabasas, about a 30-mile drive northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Malicious and/or mentally unhinged people – not to mention the legions of intrusive paparazzi – are part of the cost of doing business for modern-day stars.
LeBron James’ basketball career may be firmly planted in Ohio for at least another year, but he has his eyes on a second career a little closer to Hollywood, and now he has the house to prove it. James, jumping on the pocket/whisper/private listing trend, recently purchased a $21 million six-bedroom, seven-bathroom mansion in Brentwood, California. Though the house never made an appearance in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), site of the vast majority of homes for sale, Variety found him out and “circumstantially affirmed with property records” that he’d bought the house.
“Like it or not, inside American politics, you’re on one side or the other. There is no in between.”
“Were a centrist coalition to arise in service of ‘bipartisan’ policy objectives, it would shift the political center of gravity.”
“Purported constituents for a centrist third party aren’t as large a group as is often imagined and aren’t really centrists, either.”
“A successful third party is one that integrates itself or its program into one of the two major parties.”
“Favoritism for party candidates is a tough mountain to climb … Americans prefer to vote for a candidate they believe can win.”